In the Nix of time

Layne Nix makes a game saving catch in the 6th. Screen grab courtesy of @phillyphanmikey

Layne Nix was responsible for Washington’s 2-1 victory Wednesday day.

A go-ahead solo homer in the 3rd and game-saving catch in the 6th sparked the Nationals win, taking the series from the Phillies in a set that favored the Phils heavily.

It also got Nats start John Lannan his first career win against the Phils, snapping a 13-game winless streak in which he went 0-10 with a 6.44 ERA.

Lannan wasn’t spectacular but he got the job done. He allowed an unearned run in only 5 1/3 innings pitched. He was yanked in the 6th, where Nix saved Lannan’s butt a second time in the game.

With the bases loaded and pinch-hitter Domonic Brown in to face left-handed reliever Doug Slaten, Brown hit a ball that would surely fall into the gap and score two. But Nix hustled to make the spectacular diving catch, ending the Phillies threat.

The catch capped a great game for Nix, who homered in the 3rd to break a 1-1 tie created by the Phils in the 2nd.

Roy Oswalt once again gave the Phils a short outing, this time due to the situation in the bottom of the 6th with his spot in the order up with two outs rather than pitch count or being tired. Oswalt went only five innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three.

Oswalt has only gone past six innings once this season in his nine starts. His K/9 and missed-bat strikes are also way down. This is obviously something to be concerned about as now Oswalt is becoming hittable.

2B: Howard (14).

WP: Lannan (3-5). LP: Oswalt (3-3). S: Storen (10).


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